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    Dangerous domestic animals: Rats

    When you think of domestic animals you may think cute and cuddly. However, some domestic animals can be dangerous. One of the animals that could be put into this category is rats.

    Why are rats dangerous?

    One of the main factors that make rats dangerous is their tendency to spread disease. Rats by nature can be dirty creatures, especially as one of their natural habitats is the sewers. Due to this they often carry illnesses which can cause much more damage than a simple slip, trip or fall.

    If you have a rat as a pet you may have already sustained a nasty bite injury from them as they often do this, especially when they are scared or intimidated. If you put together a rat bite and the potential disease they carry it can potentially have some nasty results.

    Avoiding slips, trips and falls and other injuries from rats

    Having a rat as a pet can be enjoyable for many. However, even if you don’t own one you may still come into contact with one. To avoid a nasty bite or trip injury by falling over one, make sure you don’t pick up the rat and be extra careful if you see one in the street.

    However, if you do get bitten by a rat and you have not had a tetanus jab within the last 10 years, you need to get one as soon as possible.  Also, ensure you wash the bite wound thoroughly and keep it clean so there is no risk of infection. If it does swell up, weep or hurt for a prolonged amount of time, always seek medical advice.

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    If you have sustained an injury such as a slip, trip or fall within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in cases such as slip, trip and fall injury claims.

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    Date Published: December 9, 2015

    Author: David Brown

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